Here we are into October! Ready for a new issue of Aphelion?
OK! Let's get this out of the way. Make sure to go and vote if
you're a US resident! It is important, nay, vital! The future depends
on it--yours, mine, everyone's! Just do it, let your voice be heard,
let your will be felt, and go out to be the difference in the world you
want to see.
On a personal front, I was invited to call in to an internet
interview show a couple of weeks ago. The interview was with my writing
partner, Sephanie Osborn. Since she gives good interviews, I would have
been listening anyway, but this time the host had run across my
Displaced Detective Suite music album while researching Stephanie's
work. So I tuned in to hear the first track of my album being played as
the show's intro music! Now for those not yet in the know, my third
album is basically an instrumental soundtrack to the first four books
of Stephanie's series. To hear the host gushing about how good the
music is, how it invoked images of scenes from the books in her mind's
eye, and how she hoped that I would call in--well, I had to pick up the
phone, didn't I? So I called in. I stayed quiet through most of the
interview, for after all, Stephanie was the guest, not me. I made a few
occasional comments, prompted a couple of additional bits of info for
them to discuss, and near the close of the show I answered a few
questions about the music, Aphelion, and my stories. The result was
that I have been asked to be interviewed on the show myself! Right now
the schedule has me set up for an hour during the evening of November
10th. There is also the possibility of a two-hour interview with
Stephanie and myself, together, but that is still to be decided. This
show, Off The Chain, hosted by Yvonne Mason, is syndicated on a wide
variety of websites. Podcasts.com, Soundcloud, and half a dozen more,
so rest assured that Aphelion is going to get name-dropped all over the
I have also asked about the steampunk anthology that Sergio
company accepted one for my stories for, just to make sure I didn't
dream that up, LOL! I am assured that it is on track for publication
next year, all my info for the contract signing arrived safely, and
everything is proceeding apace.
Naturally, I am excited about all of this. And a little scared as well,
I must admit. But events will eventuate, eventually.
Now, to get back to Aphelion!
We are rushing headlong toward the special double-sized
issue, after which will come our next Birthday Issue. Aphelion's 20th
anniversary, in fact. There will be lots of Best Of stories featured in
the future, so whet your appetites for many, many blasts from the past
alongside the new stories! Are you excited? I am!
The issue you have before you right now is absolutely loaded
with great fiction and poetry. Everything is locked and loaded so you
can have a blast! So go and enjoy yourselves. Please remember to go to
the Forums and leave comments on everything so the writers can learn
what readers think worked, or did not work. Your comments are vital for
the writers. That feedback is how everyone learns how to become better.
So please do your part and leave some comments!
Probably, now is a good time for me to stop gushing and let
to reading. Enjoy yourselves! So without further ado, I bid you adieu!
Until next time,
Oh! Off The Chain with Yvonne Mason is the link on podcasts.com if
you want to hear the interview with Stephanie that I was talking about
First off, if you do the Facebook thing, feel free to join us
Aphelion page there. The link is Aphelion
As an aside, the Editorial Mafia and I have found Facebook to be very
useful. Given our different
locations and schedules, it's come in handy as a way to discuss
production details of new issues. Sometimes there are several of us
using Facebook at the same time, so it's almost like the old chat room
My first collection of Mare Inebrium spaceport bar short
published in February by Dark Oak Press. It is available in both Kindle
an Nook e-book formats, paperback, and hardback. I also that thre
albums of instrumenal music out throgh the Create Space self-publishing
website. If you like, you can click on the photo or the link below to
fin all the info you would need to purchase my book in your preferred
format, or an e-book of Flash of Aphelion, buy a CD of my music, or
listen to tracks off of the albums on my Bandcamp website. Enjoy!
Title: Hoag's Object: A Wheel Within a
Credit: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Ray A. Lucas (STScI/AURA)